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Solstafir

Formed: 1994
From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Solstafir News

Below is our complete Solstafir news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Solstafir Premiers New Track "Dagmál"

Icelandic rock act Solstafir has premiered the new song "Dagmál" via Rock Hard Germany's website at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new album "Ótta" which drops on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide) via Season of Mist Records.

The track list is:

1. Lágnætti (streaming here)
2. Ótta (streaming here)
3. Rismál
4. Dagmál
5. Miðdegi
6. Nón
7. Miðaftann
8. Náttmál

Check out "Dagmál" here: More...

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Solstafir Posts Hellfest Footage

The Icelandic heathens in Sosltafir are streaming footage taken from their recent performance as part of this year's Hellfest lineup.

The performance, which shows the band playing tracks from 2011's "Svartir Sandar" and forthcoming album "Ótta," can be watched at this location.

Sosltafir also recently announced a headlining European tour. The tour, which starts on October 28th, will see the band travel through Ireland, England, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and more before concluding on November 22nd.

The trek will see Solstafir make a stop at this year's Damnation Festival in Leeds, where the band will play alongside labelmates Saint Vitus, Corrupt Moral Altar, and Hark. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. More...

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Solstafir Headed Out On Tour

Solstafir has announced a headlining European tour, which starts on October 28th will see the band travel through Ireland, England, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and more before concluding on November 22nd.

The trek will see Solstafir make a stop at this year's Damnation Festival in Leeds, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. The Icelandic band will be touring in support of forthcoming new album "Ótta," due out September 2nd. More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

As was the case in 2013, the 2014 installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium will have a live feed over this weekend (June 27th-June 29th). The feed can be accessed over at this location.

Not all bands are participating in the live feed, and the feed is subject to change at any time, with full live shows and partial live feeds throughout. Bands that will not be broadcast are: Ghost, Annihilator, Limp Bizkit and Black Sabbath. Make sure you check the schedule regularly at the bottom of the feed page for the status of the live stream (green check is full live stream, question mark is "unknown," green/red circle with slash is partial streaming and the red "x" is no stream).

As of press time, the bands scheduled for live streaming are as follows:

Friday, June 27th:

Jeff Scott Soto
Alestorm
Primal Fear
Sepultura
Novembers Doom
Solstafir
Napalm Death
Triptykon
Candlemass
Opeth

Saturday, June 28th:

Civil War

Sunday, June 29th:

Comeback Kid
Schirenc Plays Pungent
Tiamat More...

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Ahab Celebrating 10th Anniversary With Damnation

The organizers of the Damnation Festival have checked in with the following announcement about Ahab performing at this year's edition:

"German doom titans, Ahab, and Icelandic progressive metal outfit, Solstafir are the latest names to be added to the tenth edition of Damnation Festival. The headline set will be an exclusive UK performance by Ahab and the first the band have played outside London."

Ahab adds: "We’re delighted to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the only Ahab UK Show 2014 at Damnation Festival. Headlining the doom stage is an honour and a great birthday present for us!"

Further details on the Damnation Festival can be found at the event's official website here. More...

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Solstafir Posts New Song

The Icelandic rock heathens from Solstafir have released a new track taken from their forthcoming album, "Ótta."

The track titled "Lágnætti" is streaming below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine. Solstafir will release "Ótta" on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide) and the track listing will be:

1. Lágnætti
2. Ótta (streaming here)
3. Rismál
4. Dagmál
5. Miðdegi
6. Nón
7. Miðaftann
8. Náttmál More...

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Hellfest Live Stream Available This Weekend

Hellfest Open Air takes places this weekend in Clisson, France and many great acts are set to appear. If you are unable to make the festival, then you can enjoy some of the bands via a live stream at this location. Click on the link and scroll to the bottom.

Among the acts set to be streamed (check out the link for the official "countdown" clock for each act):

June 20th:

M.O.D.
Sepultura
Therapy?
Sabaton
Death Angel
Watain
Turisas

June 21st:

Eluvietie
Soulfly
Emperor
Dagoba
Shining
We Came As Romans
Skyclad
Tsjuder

June 22nd:

Vreid
Solstafir
Equilibrium
Urfaust
Behemoth
Angra More...

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Solstafir Posts First Song From New Album

The devastatingly awesome Icelandic rock heathens in Solstafir will release their forthcoming new album, titled "Ótta," on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide).

The album's title track is streaming now below, courtesy of Stereogum.com. "Ótta" will include eight new tracks and is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop.

Regarding the new album, Solstafir frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments: "This album sums together alot of things we've been wanting to do for years but never did. We finally brought in a string section, and we did our very own full blown melancholic Tiny Dancer piano ballad."

1. Lágnætti
2. Ótta
3. Rismál
4. Dagmál
5. Miðdegi
6. Nón
7. Miðaftann
8. Náttmál

Solstafir also recently announced a run of European summer festival dates. Full details are available after the jump. More...

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Solstafir Issues Festival Recap

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have checked in with the following recap of recent festival appearances:

"We're back home in Iceland after playing Sweden Rock Festival and Rock Hard Festival this weekend. Both were absolutely great despite some really bad luck at RH.

"When Addi opened his Flying V case an hour before gig he discovered that that neck of the guitar had broken (again!) on the flight over from Sweden. Luckily Dead Lord were kind enough to lend us their's despite the fact that they had no idea who we even were. Super big thanks to them, and do check them out if you like good rock'n'roll!

"Then comes change over and line check and everything seems to be working fine, but as the intro is about to finish Addi's amp decided to die a sudden death and it didn't make a single sound. With help from the super professional crew at RH the amp was quickly changed and the rock could commence. More...

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Rock Hard Festival Live Stream Available

The Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany will be available via a live stream at this location this weekend. Bands scheduled to be broadcast are listed here (all times are CET):

Friday, June 6th (as of press time Triptykon is currently streaming):

21.30 - 23.00 TRIPTYKON
19.45 - 21.00 DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER

Saturday, June 7th:

21.30 - 23.00 CARCASS
19.45 - 21.00 SACRED REICH
18.15 - 19.15 OBITUARY
15.45 - 16.30 SÓLSTAFIR
14.45 - 15.25 SCREAMER

Sunday, June 8th:

18.10 - 19.20 ANNIHILATOR
16.30 - 17.40 MONSTER MAGNET
15.15 - 16.00 INSOMNIUM
14.05 - 14.50 ORPHANED LAND
13.00 - 13.40 BLUES PILLS More...

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Solstafir Reveals New Album

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir are back with a new album: the follow-up to 2011’s "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here) is entitled "Ótta" and has been scheduled for an August 29th release (September 2nd in North America).

As the name suggests, "Ótta" will include eight songs, with titles to be unveiled later in June. Pre-orders will be available via Season Of Mist on June 10th. You can also stream the previous album "Svartir Sandar" in the player below. More...

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Solstafir Kicking Off First North American Tour

The Icelandic rock heathens in Solstafir are kicking off their first-ever North American trek, which starts today in Toronto, ON and will continue through the band's stop at this year's Maryland Deathfest on May 23rd. Support on these dates comes from Junius. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Solstafir also recently announced a run of European summer festival dates. Among the performances Solstafir will play Norway's Karmøgeddon Festival, France's Hellfest, Sweden Rock Festival, Germany's Freak Valley Festival, and Belgium's Grasspop Metal Meeting.

Solstafir is touring in support of latest album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here), and is currently working on a follow-up release. More...

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Solstafir Announces U.S. Shows

Iceland's Solstafir has announced a string of U.S. tour dates. The band's first-ever North American trek starts on May 15th in Brooklyn, NY and will continue through a stop at this year's Maryland Deathfest on May 23rd. Support on these dates comes from Junius.

Solstafir also recently announced a run of European summer festival dates. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The band continues to touring in support of latest album, "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

North American tour dates
5/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
5/17 Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts
5/18 Boston, MA @ Middle East
5/19 Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/23 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest

European tour dates
4/06 Akureyri, IS @ Ak Extreme
5/01 Haugesund, NO @ Karmøgeddon Festival
5/22-24 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
5/29 Geiselwind, DE @ Out
5/30 Nethpen, DE @ Freak Valley Festival
6/05 Sölvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock
6/06 Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Rock Hard Festival
6/21 Neudegg, AT @ Sommer Sonnwende 2014
6/22 Clisson, FR @ Hellfest Open Air
6/27 Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/28 Lausanne, CH @ Le Docks
7/09 Neskaupsstaður, IS @ Eistnaflug - Pre Show
7/10 Neskaupsstaður, IS @ Eistnaflug
8/07 Schlotheim, DE @ Party.San Open Air
8/09 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Grave More...

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Solstafir Gearing Up For Festival Tour

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have announced a full run of European summer festival dates.

Among these performances, Solstafir will play Norway's Karmøgeddon Festival, France's Hellfest, Sweden Rock Festival, Germany's Freak Valley Festival, Belgium's Grasspop Metal Meeting, and for the first time ever, a special one-off date in the United States as part of this year's Maryland Deathfest. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Sosltafir is touring in support of latest album, "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). More...

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Solstafir Releasing Split With Legend

Icelandic outfit Solstafir is currently working on an upcoming new album and follow-up to 2011's "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

In addition to the upcoming album (with further details forthcoming), Solstafir is also releasing a split 7" with Legend. Solstafir's side will feature a cover of Legend's "Runaway Train," which can now be streamed over at Pitchfork.com here.

The Legend / Solstafir split is due out January 24 via Artoffact. Legend's side features a cover of Solstafir's "Fjara," and pre-orders can be found at this location.

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Solstafir Streaming Bonus Track

Iceland's Solstafir is currently working on a new album, and to tide fans over until its release the band has now posted a previously unreleased bonus track from the "Masterpiece of Bitterness" 2X gatefold vinyl.

The song "Devilmask" can be heard below. It was recorded during the "Masterpiece of Bitterness" recording session in 2004, but was not included on the original 2005 release.

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Solstafir Recording New Album

Icelandic heathens Solstafir are currently working on a new album and follow-up to 2011's "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

The band has no posted the following brief message online: "Newsflash! The new album is bloody good. Vocal recordings start tomorrow. Stay tuned."

Solstafir's Guðmundur Óli Pálmason also recently issued this message to the fans:

"Brothers and sisters we wish you all a happy (winter/summer) solstice (depending on which hemisphere you are on)! Up here in the far north it's 10:20 and it's still dark as night outside and when the sun rises in about an hour it will shine on us for only about 4 hours.

"I must admit it's my least favorite time of year, actually I prefer the total opposite, but this time of year is and has been a time of celebration for thousands of years. We celebrate the re-birth of the sun. We celebrate that the day becomes longer again. We celebrate life. No matter how black metal you pretend to be.

"Brothers and sisters, have a happy (winter/summer) solstice celebration!"

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Solstafir Streaming Full Album Re-Issue

Icelandic heathens Solstafir reissue debut album, "Í Blóði og Anda" ("In Blood and Spirit") today in North America, and now the full release can be heard online. Check it out in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Undir Jökli
2. Í Blóði Og Anda
3. The Underworld Song
4. Tormentor
5. 2000 Ár
6. Ei Við Munum Iðrast
7. Bitch In Black
8. Í Víking
9. Árstíðir Dauðans

CD2
1. Undir Jökli (Demo 98)
2. Í Blóði Og Anda (Demo 98)
3. The Underworld Song (Demo 98)
4. Tormentor (Demo 98)
5. 2000 Ár (Demo 98)
6. Piano Song (Demo 98)
7. Ei Við Munum Iðrast (Demo 97)
8. Bitch In Black (Demo 97)
9. Í Víking (Demo 97)
10. Undirheimalagid (Rehearsal) More...

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Solstafir Posts Song From Debut Album Re-Issue

Icelandic heathens Solstafir have premiered another new track from the reissue of debut album, "Í Blóði og Anda" ("In Blood and Spirit").

The track, titled "2000 Ár" can be streamed below or at the Solstafir Bandcamp page. Previously released track "The Underworld Song" can also be heard at this location.

"In Blood and Spirit" is slated for release on November 12th in North America (November 8th worldwide). More...

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Solstafir Streaming Re-Issue Track

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have premiered the first track from the reissue of debut album, "Í Blóði og Anda" ("In Blood and Spirit").

The track, titled “The Underworld Song,” can be streamed in the Bandcamp player below. "In Blood and Spirit" is slated for release on November 8th (November 11th in North America). The full track listing is a sfollows:

CD1
1. Undir Jökli
2. Í Blóði Og Anda
3. The Underworld Song
4. Tormentor
5. 2000 Ár
6. Ei Við Munum Iðrast
7. Bitch In Black
8. Í Víking
9. Árstíðir Dauðans

CD2
1. Undir Jökli (Demo 98)
2. Í Blóði Og Anda (Demo 98)
3. The Underworld Song (Demo 98)
4. Tormentor (Demo 98)
5. 2000 Ár (Demo 98)
6. Piano Song (Demo 98)
7. Ei Við Munum Iðrast (Demo 97)
8. Bitch In Black (Demo 97)
9. Í Víking (Demo 97)
10. Undirheimalagid (Rehearsal) More...

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